Minor and trace elemental determination in the Indian herbal and other medicinal preparations
Language: 
English
Abstract: 

Medicinal plants described in the Indian "Ayurvedic" literature viz. Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum), Gulvel (Tinospora cardifolia), bitter Neem (Azadirachta indica), Kanher (Nerium Andicum), Vekhand (Acorus calamus), and Peacock's feather (ash) were analyzed for minor and trace elements by instrumental neutron activation analysis. The samples and the standards from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA and IAEA, Vienna were irradiated for 5 min, 1 h, 5 h, and 10 h with thermal neutrons at a flux of 10(12)-10(13) n cm-2 s-1 in APSARA and CIRUS reactor at BARC, Bombay. High resolution gamma ray spectrometry was performed using a 45 cm3 HPGe detector and a 4096 MCA system. Concentrations of 13 elements were determined. Zinc, manganese, and sodium were significantly higher in Tulsi leaves while zinc is higher in Neem leaves. Peacock's feathers were found to be rich in manganese, iron, copper, and zinc. A high concentration of mercury was also found in the peacock's feather ash. The therapeutic significance in restoring ionic balance is discussed.

Author(s): 
Samudralwar, D. L.
Garg, A. N.
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
Biological Trace Element Research
Journal Abbreviation: 
Biol Trace Elem Res
Publication Date: 
Aug 1996
Publication Year: 
1996
Pages: 
113-121
Volume: 
54
Issue: 
2
ISSN: 
0163-4984
DOI: 
10.1007/BF02786258
Library Catalog: 
NCBI Published Medical (?)
Extra: 
PMID: 8886311

Turabian/Chicago Citation

D. L. Samudralwar and A. N. Garg. Aug 1996. "Minor and trace elemental determination in the Indian herbal and other medicinal preparations." Biological Trace Element Research 54: 2: 113-121. 10.1007/BF02786258.

Wikipedia Citation

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